- Yuga Labs and Magic Eden have joined the OMA3 workgroup aimed at developing universal standards for creator royalties on NFT marketplaces.
- Eliminating creator royalties for NFTs poses a threat to the NFT ecosystem’s survival and the goal of an interoperable, equitable, and transparent online world for digital ownership.
- OMA3’s workgroup includes Yuga Labs, Magic Eden, Decentraland, The Sandbox, Alien Worlds, and Upland, with the aim of addressing creator royalties issues and developing market-wide protection for them.
OMA3, an alliance of prominent blockchain, NFT, and metaverse companies, has established a workgroup to explore ways to standardize and ensure the survival of creator royalties on NFT marketplaces. The group’s participants include Yuga Labs, the company behind Bored Ape Yacht Club, and Magic Eden, a multi-chain NFT marketplace that originated on Solana.
Background on Creator Royalties and Market Forces
Creator royalties are fees that range from 2.5% to 10% added to secondary NFT sales, benefiting creators. However, their implementation and adoption have been threatened by the market forces. A few start-up NFT marketplaces, including Blur, have eliminated creator fees and offered financial incentives to users, which proved to be effective because it dethroned OpenSea as the largest NFT platform by trading volume.
The Importance of Creator Royalties and Interoperability
As OMA3 emphasizes, eliminating creator fees poses an existential threat to the NFT ecosystem, particularly for the goal of building a unified interoperable online ecosystem for digital ownership. Without the assurance of royalty payments, it’s unlikely that creators will share their content freely or participate in a more equitable, transparent, and democratic online world.
OMA3’s Workgroup on Creator Royalties
MA3’s workgroup aims to develop universal standards for each member company to honor and potentially create market-wide protection for creator royalties. Along with Yuga Labs and Magic Eden, the workgroup includes Decentraland, The Sandbox, Alien Worlds, and Upland.
Yuga Labs Commitment
Yuga Labs CTO Mike Seavers stated that they’re committed to building an interoperable and fair Web3 world for all creators and are happy to collaborate with OMA3 on developing standards.
The establishment of the OMA3 workgroup provides an opportunity for Yuga Labs, Magic Eden, and other industry leaders to address the issues around creator royalties on NFT marketplaces. It also supports the goal of building an online ecosystem based on fairness, transparency, and innovation.